As Marvel tackles its Phase 2 movie timeline, unknown franchises like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and most recently Guardians of the Galaxy already have release dates and even sequels in the works. The next speculation amongst fans is if they will announce a female-led superhero. This is where Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, comes in to answer this question…rather vaguely, but still answered in an exclusive interview with Comic Book Resources. Below, Feige answers how close are we to a Marvel film with a female lead:
I think you’re right about that, and I think it comes down to timing, which is what I’ve sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I very much believe in doing it. I very much believe that it’s unfair to say, “People don’t want to see movies with female heroes,” then list five movies that were not very good, therefore, people didn’t go to the movies because they weren’t good movies, versus [because] they were female leads. And they don’t mention “Hunger Games,” “Frozen,” “Divergent.” You can go back to “Kill Bill” or “Aliens.” These are all female-led movies. It can certainly be done. I hope we do it sooner rather than later. But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have — which is a very, very good thing and we don’t take for granted, but is a challenging thing. You may notice from those release dates, we have three for 2017. And that’s because just the timing worked on what was sort of gearing up. But it does mean you have to put one franchise on hold for three or four years in order to introduce a new one? I don’t know. Those are the kinds of chess matches we’re playing right now.
So it all comes down to timing, which is understandable considering the release schedule from now until 2017. However, having the title of Marvel Studios president, I don’t see why the hesitation on green-lighting female superhero adaptations such as She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, or even Black Widow. If Marvel’s rebooting Howard the Duck, they should have no issues with female superhero stand-alone titles before the 2010s decade ends.